English surname and place name
"Cyneburga's meadow"

Kimberly Origin and Meaning

The name Kimberly is both a boy's name and a girl's name of English origin meaning "Cyneburga's meadow".
Kimberly is a variation of the South African (and Australian) place name Kimberley, named after John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley. The name comes from a Norfolk earldom (first spelled Chineburlai) and references the meadow or woodland clearing of a medieval Lady called Cyneburga.

In the middle of the 20th century, shortened form Kim was given to men and women in roughly equal numbers, though Kimberly has always been more associated with women.

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